demographic reality of increasing diversity in the United States
serves as the course’s point of entry and raison d'ętre.
Against this backdrop, participants will:
the social and cultural differences among a variety of
categorizations of American diversity including race,
ethnicity, religion, social class, gender and ideology;
both historic and contemporary debates about the implications
of such diversity for the creation and sustainability of
America's national character and vitality;
a variety of contemporary approaches to dealing with
diversity, e.g., interfaith dialogue, multiculturalism in the
workplace and public school racial integration; and
the 2004 presidential election, debate the presidential
candidates’ policy positions on related issues.
openly and respectfully.
listening to one another.
is said in the group stays in the group!
and regular attendance. If
an emergency comes up, call me or the main seminary number
(860/509-9500) and leave word.
up with the assigned reading and written reflection.
participation in class discussions and exercises.
are welcome. They
will be held to the same expectations as credit students,
except auditors are not required to do the written
M.A. students will receive a letter grade.
D.Min students are graded High Pass/Pass/Low Pass Fail.
Course grade is based on: 2 class participation and 2
Reflections: Rather than a major course paper, each student
will keep a "log" of reflections on the reading
assignments, one section for the readings for each class session. Each log section should include:
to five, "typed" pages per section (that is, per a class
session=s assigned reading) is sufficient.
The "major point" material can be in bullet
paragraph form. "Personal
reactions" should be in narrative form. Please keep your "typed," log sections in a
three ring binder.
Diversity (Plurality) And Me
Inventorying Your Life Experience With Difference
Skills and Tools
Exercise: Bring a copy of a recent paper you wrote
Reading: Guidelines for Inclusive Use of the English
Mediation Across Cultures, pp 1-142 & 187-258
Common Ground Initiative.
“Principles of Dialogue.”
Dialogue Decalogue: Ground
Rules for Interreligious, Interideological Dialogue.”
will be no, official class meeting this week.
Rather, students will participate in the online, mini
course “Religion and Contemporary American Presidential
Elections” (See Attached).
I will be in the class room from 9:30 – 10:30 for
any students that want to discuss/debrief their online
course experience. Additionally, all students should read: David A. Roozen “The
Politics & Race 1
They and We, all
Opposing Viewpoints, pp 12-70 & 199-223
Race 2 and Gender
We Can All Get Along, handout
Male/Female Roles: Opposing Viewpoints, pp 12-81 &
Conflict Mediation Across Cultures,
Hand in "Written Reflection Binder"
Diversity in the
Workplace and Affirmative Action
Making Diversity Happen, all
Affirmative Action, all
U.S. Lifestyles and Mainline Churches, all
Issues in Religion, handouts
Homosexuality: Opposing Viewpoints,
pp 12-95, 168-222
Guest presentation by Scott Thumma:
Religion and Gay Rights
Cultural Wars: Opposing Viewpoints, pp 13-69 &
Conflict Mediation Across Cultures, pp 259-287
Hand in "Written
and Contemporary American Presidential Elections
timely Hartford Seminary online mini-course
September 27 through Friday, October 1
mini-course will examine the role that religion plays in
contemporary American presidential elections.
will be given to issues related to:
role of religion in public life and the separation of church
political characteristics of religious groups within American
political significance of religious groups within presidential
religious faith of the presidential candidates, and
efforts of presidential candidates to attract religious votes.
attention will be given to the 2004 presidential election
campaign, within the context of patterns evident over the past 25
of the five “days” of the course will begin with the
instructor’s posting of a brief background essay on the topic of
the day, to which students are encouraged to reply with questions
and comments. Then the instructor will respond to collectively to the
day’s student responses.
Pluralism students will “journal” about each day’s
online essay and responses, just as they will for all other class
Smidt holds the Henry Chair and is the Executive Director of
Henry Institute for the Study of Christianity and Politics
at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan.
is the author, editor, or co-author of 10 books, including Pulpit
and Politics: Clergy in American Politics at the Advent of the
Millennium (forthcoming October 2004); Religion as Social
Capital: Producing the Common Good; Sojourners in the
Wilderness: The Christian Right in Comparative Perspective; The
Bully Pulpit, The Politics of Protestant Clergy; and In God
We Trust: Religion in American Political Life.
Smidt has served as President of Christians in Political Science,
as Executive Director of the Religion and Politics Section of the
American Political Science Association, and as President of the
Michigan Conference of Political Scientists.
more about Dr. Smidt at the Calvin
College web site.